Select scenes were revisited after Christopher Plummer was brought on to replace Kevin Spacey in the role of billionaire J. Paul Getty, who was removed from the film by director Ridley Scott after the allegations against the actor.
A person "familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly about it" talked to USA Today, saying, "What [Wahlberg] said was, 'I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me.' And that's how he (expletive) them", effectively stalling production until his financial requests were met. If the reports are true, Wahlberg found a way to use that pressure for leverage: Wahlberg's salary for the reshoots was reported as $1.5 million.
However, there is not much that the guild can do since Wahlberg was able to negotiate for the additional payment. Meanwhile, Williams also scored a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Actress-Motion Picture Drama category.
A representative for Mark Wahlberg has been contacted for comment. But Wahlberg's tactics aren't a secret in Hollywood.
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Wahlberg and his co-star Michelle Williams are both represented by the same agency, but his hardball tactics are in contrast to her approach.
Although the actor has not commented on the reshoots, before or after this news broke, Williams told USA Today a month ago, "I said I'd be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me". Williams, by contrast, reportedly made herself easily available for the re-shoots, which took place around Thanksgiving.
But according to TMZ sources, the glaring disparity in Williams and Wahlberg's payouts came down to their individual contracts: Williams' contract reportedly required her to do reshoots, as needed, as part of her overall salary, whereas Wahlberg's did not have such a clause. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. "I wonder if the studio or Wahlberg will do something to make the situation less insane", he wrote.